The West End of downtown Dallas has a rich architectural and cultural history. The birthplace of Dallas, it encompasses the earliest plots of land settled by John Neely Bryan and others beginning in the 1840’s. With the arrival of the railroads in 1872, it became the center of a new and important commercial center—the warehouses that remain to this day hearken back to that time. Today, it serves as a juxtaposition of past and present—it is still the center of county government, but with important architectural reminders of important times in Dallas’ past, including the tragic events of November 22, 1963. Join us as we examine these important buildings and put them in the larger context of architectural development in our own city and beyond.

Tours are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Elm and Market Streets adjacent to Founders Plaza. The tour lasts approximately two hours and is held rain or shine.

Pricing: $10 for adults, $8 for AIA Dallas members, $5 for seniors 65 and over and students with valid ID. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

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Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Due to the necessity of scheduling docents, we are unfortunately unable to accommodate walk-ups.

Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of the tour time in order to receive a refund.